FRENCH AT NORTHWAY
"Languages are an integral part of the curriculum. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils' curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world." (National Curriculum)
At Northway, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning
- develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English
- develop awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduce an international dimension to pupils' learning, giving them insight into their own culture and those of others.
- foster positive attitudes towards foreign language learning
- form a sound basis for further study at key stage 3 and beyond.
As children learn a new language it is vital that they develop an understanding of the phonics of that language to allow them to be able to decode new vocabulary, along with developing an increasing understanding of grammatical structures and vocabulary. This allows children to begin to identify new words, use them in sentences and converse with others both orally and in writing.
Although a language curriculum is not statutory in reception we introduce France as a country and the concept of foreign languages within our reception curriculum. Children learn some facts about the country and compare it to their own.
Although a language curriculum is not statutory in KS1, children are introduced to 3 phonic sound focuses and how to use these in basic saluations. Initially, children focus on speaking and listening and then at the end of Y2 are introduced to reading and writing.
The French curriculum at Northway is organised over a two-year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed-age classes. Our curriculum is adapted from the online portal 'Language Angels'. This scheme of work develops phonic understanding, grammar constructions and new vocabulary allowing children to revisit prior knowledge and moves progressively through units of work. Within each unit of work, children will continually develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and will also experience some simple French literature.